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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: William R. Bryan

William Rufus Bryan
May 23, 1876 - August 10, 1960

William Rufus Bryan was the son of Tillman Capers Bryan and Mildred Manning Prothro Bryan of Bienville Parish, Louisiana. He married Mary Margeana "Margie" Pate sometime between 1900 and 1906. Margie died in 1906 and is buried in the Bryan Cemetery.  William and Margie are said to be the parents of Chester Bryan who died at the age of eight days and is also buried in the Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish. 

By 1908, William was in Haskell County, Texas as he married Eva Hicks on September 20, 1908. They were living in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1918 where he was working as a meat cutter in the 1920s.  

William cannot be positively located after 1927; however, his obituary indicates he might have lived in Ringgold before his death. 

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Brittain, Julia and McMichael Frances. "Descendants of Reddick Bryan." Houston, Texas.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 for William R Bryan., 2011. Web. 21 Mar. 2018. <>.

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 for William Rufus Bryan., 2005. Web. 21 Mar. 2018. <>.

W R Bryan in the Texas, Select County Marriage Index, 1837-1965., 2014. Web. 21 Mar. 2018. <>

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